Potential Health Risk With New Light Bulbs

CBS Baltimore

By Stephanie Stahl

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A new study says energy efficient bulbs are eco-friendly and can save you big bucks, but they could be causing a health danger. 3 On Your Side Health Reporter Stephanie Stahl reveals the light bulb’s potential dark side.

Few of us would expose ourselves to the sun’s ultraviolet rays without some protection. But you may already be doing that inside your home.

“When there is something in your house, you don’t perceive any danger,” said Miriam Rafailovich, a professor in the Material Science and Engineering department at Stony Brook University.

A disturbing new study out of Stony Brook University found these money-saving compact fluorescent light bulbs emit high levels of ultraviolet radiation.

Researchers randomly tested the bulbs and found the rays are so strong that they can actually burn your skin.

“The results were that you could actually initiate cell death,” said Marcia Simon…

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